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Thinking beyond sustainability – 25 years of GaBi

What began 25 years ago with an environmental assessment (LCA) of vehicular bumpers, today encompasses environmental, socio-economic, and technical analyses of products, systems, and services in all branches of industry and society.

Issues surrounding mobility, construction, and modern-day living play a central role, in addition to the manufacturing of materials and products and to energy generation and supply. In particular, the recovery of high-value materials and the closing of material flow loops are of increasing importance in our work as they are in the world.

However, the content of our work is no longer restricted to traditional environmental assessment techniques. In recent years, we have also developed methods to assess products with regard to sustainable development. The integration of social and economic aspects, for example, as well as the inclusion of environmental impacts due to land use and impacts on biodiversity must not be forgotten in a comprehensive sustainability assessment.

Due to associated growing complexity of such analyses, one of our goals of the last decades has been to develop methods and tools conducive to practical implementation. These methods and tools can be customized for company-specific processes to best integrate sustainability practices into daily operations.

We can now look back on our achievements of the last 25 years and look forward to the next 25 years as we continue to pursue sustainability excellence. Today the sustainability of products, systems, and services is more important than ever. Shorter product development cycles, new technologies, and the growing scarcity of natural resources confront us daily with new challenges.

We look forward to the future and to doing our part for a more environmentally friendly and sustainable world. You can find further information on our website, including our areas of expertise, current projects, and publications – or simply speak to one of our representatives.

Status report for Electric Mobility (2015): Evaluation of practicality and environmental impacts of Electric Vehicles.

The status report developed with PE International assesses performance, practicality and environmental impact of electric vehicles based on different user concepts. The analysis is based on long-term measurements of around 500 electric vehicles of different fleets. The report can be downloaded from the site of the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.
The report is written in German.

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